There’s plenty to do free and cheap in NYC on weekends. Everything on the NYCOTC cheap weekend list is $20 or less. That makes us different from all the other “what to do” lists with expensive ideas, because we’re here to help you enjoy being a NYC cheapskate with no apologies.
Unless a price is noted, our NYC cheap weekend list is FREE. Let’s hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor events.
any time of year
Between Art and Fashion – Examine the forms, colors and shapes that influence our love of art and fashion, and the intersection between them, via pieces by top designers including Christian Dior, Issey Mayake and Hermes. FREE through Dec. 28 at the National Academy School on the Upper East Side. Museum website
Friday in NYC
Friday Freebies: FREE museum admission at top NYC museums. See the NYCOTC list.
Saturday in NYC
Hester Street Fair – Vendors fill the streets, just as they did in the gritty days of the early 20th century. But instead of wooden pushcarts, there is modern food, drink and crafts. Every Saturday, 11am to 6pm, on the corner of Hester and Essex Streets, through the end of October.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays. On exhibit now are more than 250 items of clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs and video that tell the story of popular fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, from his first collection in 1987 to today, from his “semi-couture” lines to his work for Target. Through Aug. 7. The Jewish Museum is at 1109 Fifth Ave.
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival – This is the biggie that officially kicks off the spring/summer street fair season. Eat your way around the world and the support local, family owned restaurants of Ninth Avenue and programs that support the local community.
New York Baby Show – The city’s biggest show for new parents and expectant parents, with new products, a stroller testing track and more. Were you one of the lucky ones to claim one of the free tickets we gave away yesterday? If not, the show will cost you $20 per person or $30 for a family ticket.
Crafts on Columbus – Paintings, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry and more by top local artists, around the American Museum of Natural History. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full details
LIC Flea & Food – The popular outdoor weekend market is back for the season, open 11AM-6PM both days with favorite vendors returning and new vendors added. Grab a beer from the only All Queens Beer Garden and enjoy the Manhattan skyline. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street. LIC Flea & Foods website.
Smorgasburg – The popular food and crafts market in Brooklyn is back for the season, open 11am to 6pm both days. Note that Smogasburg has two locations:
Sunday in NYC
Romania Day Festival – Celebrate all things Romanian, including crafts, music and food. 11am to 5pm on Broadway between Liberty St. and Battery Park. on
Asian American Festival – Music and dance performances, crafts and great food, 11am to 4pm, on Mott Street, between Canal St. and Chatham Square.
Mamapalooza – The theme of the 15th annual Mamapalooza is peace, tolerance, and equality. Crafts for kids, kid-friendly music performances and more. Pier i, Riverside Park at 70th St., noon to 5pm.
Grand Army Market – The team behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg is launching a new weekly market at Grand Army Plaza starting Sunday, May 1. Situated at the northern tip of Prospect Park (at the landmark arch/rotary), Grand Army Plaza has long been home to the weekly Saturday Greenmarket and is within walking distance to Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Every Sunday, 10am to 5pm, though October, with some of the most popular maker vendors from Brooklyn Flea, plus many new additions, and prepared- and packaged-food vendors.
Fulton Stall Outdoor Market – This popular outdoor food market is back for the season with live music and tastings of local craft food and drinks. This family-friendly seasonal market has become a community institution throughout the spring and summer, connecting New Yorkers with fresh and healthy produce from within a 250-mile radius of New York City. Experience the Seaport District’s art installation, featuring portraits of over 100 farmers and chefs living and working in the Hudson Valley. South Street Seaport district at the corner of Fulton and Water Streets and inside Fulton Stall Market at 207A Front St., 11 AM – 5 PM
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Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.
Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.